Developers see what can be done in the M1 District: 857 - 859 Dean
  • As you may be aware, much of the area around Dean and Classon is used by auto repair shops, and things like welding companies.

    These uses stem from the properties being in what is known as a M1-1 zone, which does not allow residential development and restricted the commercial uses to a broadly defined category "manufacturing".

    In the recent past, property owners have attempted to get variances which would allow them other uses. Applications for residential uses have, so far, failed.

    Next up is 857 and 859 Dean Street. The owner of these 2 vacant lots is in the process of seeking a variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals, and would like the support of the community board in this process.

    It sets up a classic fight between those who like the neighborhood's present density, and those who would like it to receive even more investment.

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/857+Dean+St/@40.67904,-73.961352,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c25ba238b5e73b:0xbb733f3ca3f65099?hl=en

  • Just saw this posting on NextDoor, in reference to the garages in that area:

    "'m a Crown Heights resident and have recently joined the launch team of Global Square, a performing arts and cultural venue that will be opening on 893-897 Dean Street in September. We are currently transforming two garages into a cultural hub dedicated to presenting bold and inspiring works across all media, disciplines, and cultures.

    We're inviting our community to tell us about themselves and the kinds of programming they're interested in by filling out a brief survey: http://gsquare.org/survey

    Anyone who fills out the survey by the end of Monday March 3rd will be entered to win a dinner for two at The General Greene.

    We're very excited to be joining such a thriving and diverse neighborhood, and we are thrilled to add to this cultural hub by creating a performing arts space that is unique in it’s mission, distinct in size, and will attract artists who otherwise may not share their work in our community.

    This summer we will offer outdoor programming of all kinds. You can find the latest information on our website www.gsquare.org and on Twitter and Facebook - @gsquareARTS"
  • Yes, the Dept of Planning's definition of "manufacturing" is broad enough that it allows businesses which create (aka manufacture) art in the zone.

  • The first thing this member of the community would like to see is for Global Square to stop calling it Prospect Heights. But it seems they already know they're located in Crown Heights and are just choosing to ignore it: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.700838323305764.1073741834.683260828396847&type=1

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